Societe Generale fully loaded on innovation ideas in Africa

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With the end of Hackathon and the launch of Lab Innovation in Dakar at the beginning of February, Societe Generale is definitely betting on innovation to pursue its development in Africa.

Innov'Days: the results

The first Pan African hackathon awards ceremony took place on the 10th February in Dakar.  Entitled "Let's reinvent the in-branch customer experience together", this hackathon was open to all developers and start-ups in Sub-Saharan Africa. The jury's vote was as follows:

  • 1st prize went to the "Dev Engine" team, from Benin and Togo for its tool designed to conquer youth clients.
  • 2nd prize was for the Beninese team "Bankiz", for its project designed to recognise clients through their bank details in order to anticipate a series of simple transactions that will be finalised on service counters .
  • 3rd prize went to the Senegalese team "Techlab 28" for its project  aiming to equip reception agents with tablets allowing them to  perform their clients' most common transactions.

The projects of the three finalist teams will be rolled out in 3 countries, Ghana, Senegal and Burkina

Lab Innovation launch

The hackathon reward ceremony was followed by the announcement of the creation of a Lab in Dakar, designed to stimulate and speed up innovation in all Group subsidiaries in Sub-Saharan Africa. This action "think tank" will be an innovation incubator, especially for initiatives coming from Societe Generale's African subsidiaries. Florent Youzan, Consultant Expert in Open Innovation, will be in charge of supporting the Group in the monitoring of the Lab.

Hackathon's three winning teams have already joined the Lab community.

Launch of a Pan African Innovation Contest

Finally, all International Banking and Financial Services employees in Africa will be able to take part in an innovation contest focusing on client satisfaction. Launched on the 10th February, the goal of this contest is to continue to promote innovation culture and join all skills in order to serve Group business in Africa.